If you need a martini to get through your Brazilian, then this piece might be for you!
With beach season getting closer and spring clothes in every boutique, it’s time to start thinking about showing a little leg again. Hopefully you haven’t neglected them all winter to the point that they resemble a desert cactus! But if so… have no fear. It’s not too late to take action.
Exfoliation and hydration are the easy parts, the real scare comes from the hair. Shaving is tedious and waxing is painful, which leaves the often dreaded, but coveted laser hair removal.
I’m sure you have heard at least one white knuckle story of pain and torture but thanks to modern technology, it doesn’t have to be that way. Below are a few tips if you are thinking about taking the plunge this year and permanently becoming hair-free.
TIPS & ADVICE for Laser Hair Removal:
- Do your research! There are a lot of Internet specials and commercials out there and all lasers are NOT created equal.
- Call the med spa… or doctor’s office before you buy anything and ask who will be performing the treatment: make sure it is a doctor, PA or nurse.
- Ask what type of laser(s) they have and if it is right for your skin type. For light and medium skin tones a diode laser is the gold standard (IPLs don’t work as well). At Renu we have the Soprano XL, it’s the most pain-free laser on the market, but there are some other effective brands on the market such as the LightSheer.If you have darker skin, the long pulse 1064 nd:yag is the best. Unfortunately it is a little more uncomfortable but it is the safest choice. If you are unsure, most good places will offer you a test spot if you ask.
- Be careful of using numbing creams on large areas. Read this article if you want to know more.
- Know what you want. I get asked by clients all the time when it comes to their bikini if they should do a triangle, Brazilian or go total commando! My answer is always the same. Laser hair removal is permanent like a tattoo. What seems cute and sexy now might not feel that way at 70. It’s a personal decision so go for it… just make sure you have given it some thought.
- Plan and prepare. Sun exposure is a no, no for 10-14 days before and after your treatment and usually 5-7 sessions are needed 6 weeks apart so check your calendar. You also need to shave before your appointment and no more waxing or tweezing. There has to be hair actively growing at your skin’s surface for the laser to work. (I should also point out that lasers don’t work on blonde, light red or grey hair…sorry, maybe try electrolysis).
Smooth sexy skin never goes out of style.